Collaborative efforts among Greer residents, the concession company Recreation Resource Management of America (RRMA) and the Forest Service resulted in Hoyer Campground opening this summer, in spite of problems with the wastewater treatment infrastructure.
These efforts continue and could make showers and an RV dump station at the campground available by the end of July.
"The citizens of Greer are the ones who have made this possible," said Springerville District Ranger Jeff Rivera.
"I had to make the difficult decision to close this campground earlier this year because of problems associated with the outdated wastewater treatment system. We do not have the funds available to bring the current system up to code, so Greer residents came up with an innovative solution that enables the campground to open this summer. They actually purchased portable toilets to place in the campground and provided funds to help with the maintenance costs of these toilets," added Rivera. The Forest Service continues working with RRMA and the citizens of Greer in an attempt to provide shower facilities and an RV dump station by the end of July.
The number of people using Forest Service campgrounds has been lower than usual this year, possibly due to the unusually cool weather early in the summer, the snowstorm over the Memorial Day weekend, and the high cost of fuel, officials said. However, the number of visitors has steadily increased over the past couple of weeks at all campgrounds on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. For more information about Hoyer Campground or other campgrounds visit the Web site at www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/
recreation/campgrounds or call (928) 333-4301.